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Sterling MS-13 member released to Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody

A Sterling MS-13 gang member who pleaded guilty to arranging a mob assault involving students from Dominion High School will be released into the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement after his sentencing today in Loudoun County Circuit Court.

Jonatan Escobar-Escobar,18, was sentenced to three years in jail, all suspended, and three years of supervised probation for a felony count of gang participation. Since Escobar has been in custody for about six months, an amount of time higher than the court's sentencing guidelines recommend for his offense, Judge Stephen E. Sincavage said he would not prolong his incarceration.

However, because ICE has a pending deportation detainer on Escobar, he will be released into their custody after he leaves the Loudoun County Adult Detention center, according to his attorney Charles Koehler.

Escobar pleaded guilty July 11 to a felony count of gang participation. He was arrested in February after police learned Escobar and other gang members arranged an altercation on social media that turned into a fight. Some of the gang members involved were students at Dominion, according to Loudoun County Sheriff’s officials.

The sheriff’s office received information from Dominion’s student resource officer about a fight that took place off campus on Dec. 14, 2015, according to Kraig Troxell, public information officer for LCSO.

The detective on the case determined the fight was arranged by searching social media messaging, said Troxell.

The sheriff’s office worked with ICE officials on the case.

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